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Diachrony and Synchrony in English Corpus Linguistics

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Edited By Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes and Salvador Valera Hernández

The volume brings together a selection of invited articles and papers presented at the 4 th International CILC Conference held in Jaén, Spain, in March 2012. The chapters describe English using a range of corpora and other resources. There are two parts, one dealing with diachronic research and the other with synchronic research. Both parts investigate several aspects of the English language from various perspectives and illustrate the use of corpora in current research. The structure of the volume allows for the same linguistic aspect to be discussed both from the diachronic and the synchronic point of view. The chapters are also useful examples of corpus use as well as of use of other resources as corpus, specifically dictionaries. They investigate a broad array of issues, mainly using corpora of English as a native language, with a focus on corpus tools and corpus description.
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Encoding ‘throughness’ in English and French: Thomas Egan

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THOMAS EGAN

Encoding ‘throughness’ in English and French1

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In this paper I discuss ways in which the concept which, for want of a better word, we may describe as ‘throughness’ is coded in English and French. The concept of ‘throughness’ is a relational one, the basic spatial sense of which involves a process whereby an object (a trajector in the terminology employed by cognitive linguists) moves along a path comprising an entrance to, traversal of, and exit from some sort of container. This study compares codings in English and French of this concept as it is instantiated in translations of the same Norwegian texts. Special attention is paid to tokens coding motion events. The data for the study are taken from the Oslo Multilingual Corpus.

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